occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
The four lines are above Shakespeare's burial place in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon. (I had a head start on knowing that one as I went to the same school as Will; we weren't in the same year though.)Re sample no 7: the sequence of tenses is surely wrong. It should be: "Where's John? - I'm blessed if I know" or "Where was John? - I was blessed if I knew".
@Kevin: There's indeed a typo in #7. Thanks. Now corrected.
In times gone by the monosyllabic pronunciation was often spelled "blest", so there was no problem about the pronunciation.